I’ve just sent in my application to be one of the 15 members of the first renters’ commission in the country.
I understand criticism that many commissions don’t have much sway in decisions. However, I’m excited to see if a new and experimental group could shake things up and shape a better way for struggling renters.
So, I applied.
Here’s how The Seattle Times described the new commission in March 2017:
“The Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to create what is believed to be the nation’s first renters’ commission, which will push laws to help a growing group that makes up 54 percent of all households yet has a weak voice in City Hall.
“Rents have skyrocketed about 40 percent across Seattle in the past four years, and some longtime tenants have been priced out. But advocates for renters say they had nowhere near the organized clout of homeowners — who had long dominated city-sanctioned neighborhood groups to push politicians on their agendas — or landlords, who pool money for lobbyists and opposed the renters’ commission.